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How About Selling Cosplay Supplies In Your Dropshipping Store?

By Olga L.

What Would You Say About Selling Cosplay Accessories In Your Dropshipping Store?

As we know it from our own experience and successful entrepreneurs’ feedback, the best dropshipping niches are the ones related to hobbies. So, today, we’re talking about an interesting hobby – cosplay – and your ways to capitalize on it!

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Why does selling cosplay items make sense?

Basically, cosplay means recreating the appearance and the behavior of fictional characters or real-life famous persons.

And, when it comes to making the right outfit for the character you’re cosplaying, generally, you have 3 options:

  • Buy a ready costume on Amazon, eBay, AliExpress, or anywhere else
  • Go for a tailor service and order a costume that fits you and repeats the original one in detail
  • Craft the necessary outfit by your effort

And here’s an interesting detail – compare the 2 screenshots below:

What Would You Say About Selling Cosplay Accessories In Your Dropshipping Store?

What Would You Say About Selling Cosplay Accessories In Your Dropshipping Store?

People are less and less interested in ready-made cosplay options. Instead, they show a steady interest pattern to crafting their outfits themselves!

Here’s a great option for those who wonder how to make money as a cosplayer

It’s a great thing if you can turn your hobby into a money-making business, much like Kitty from New Zealand did with her dropshipping store.

Cosplay, as well as any other highly specific hobby, requires lots of special knowledge. For example, if you know what it takes to craft your own cosplay outfit, you can perfectly understand what types of products are a good match for your store. 

If you like some particular universe or fandom, you can confidently write engaging descriptions to your products and run the store-linked social media on an almost expert level.

And, if you know the most important events for the cosplay community, you know when to start promoting your store more actively to let cosplayers buy the necessary stuff in advance.

As you can see, it’s much easier for you to operate in this business segment if you’re a cosplayer yourself. But even if you don’t have background knowledge in cosplay, don’t worry!

How to make your dropshipping cosplay business work

To run a professional cosplay accessories store with the dropshipping business model, you need to have a clear understanding of the following:

  • Who are your customers?

There are various reasons for people to look for cosplay items and accessories. 

Some of them are getting ready for large-scale events like comic cons or for their money-making activities like blogging, modelling, etc. Other customers are preparing for themed parties and family get-togethers, and some clients are only looking for cosplay stuff shortly before Halloween.

Clearly, the people in these customer segments have really different expectations and requirements when it comes to your product range, items price, delivery time, etc. This is why it’s so important for you to understand who you’re targeting – and tailor your offers accordingly.

  • What exactly will you sell?

AliExpress has quite a wide range of cosplay-related items – let’s see what are the major categories you can cover!

Selling cosplay items from AliExpress: specific characters’ accessories

Not all the elements of a character’s outfit can be recreated by your own effort. You still need to buy some of the accessories, jewelry pieces, etc. from a manufacturer.

Be really careful if you’re dropshipping these products: they may fall into the category of copyrighted items. It is likely that they might disappear from an AliExpress seller in some time, or cause you some legal issues. You might try selling them at the beginning of your dropshipping journey to get more media coverage, but it’s definitely a bad idea to base your long-term product strategy on them.

Tony Stark sunglasses

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Price – US $3.49, rating – 4.7*, number of orders – 17430

Guy Fawkes mask

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Price – US $1.29-3.59, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 1642

The Witcher’s pendant

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Price – US $2.14, rating – 4.6*, number of orders – 2102

Selling cosplay items from AliExpress: generic supplies

Don’t want to deal with copyrighted items? Smart move 😉

In this case, you can always find more or less ‘generic’ products that will be a great addition to your store, and won’t violate any rules. 

Most typically, these items are ‘expendables’: they need to be replaced from time to time, which is why the buyers will come for them again and again.

Wig

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Price – US $11.80-13.66, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 3107

Latex ears

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Price – US $1.53-1.60, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 2706

False eyelashes

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Price – US $1.22, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 434

Selling cosplay items from AliExpress: craft materials

Here, you can collect all the possible things that can help people create their one-of-a-kind cosplay outfits. 

This product category is quite appealing because it gives you great opportunities for the future store growth. Theoretically, later, you can add other types of craft materials to your store, and reach a wider customer audience – why not?

If you’re working with these items, make sure they are more or less unique, or affordable, or have another noticeable competitive advantage. Otherwise, why would people order them online instead of buying from a nearby shop?

Foil paper

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Price – US $1.46, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 1571

Vinyl sheets

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Price – US $1.15-1.26, rating – 4.9*, number of orders – 180

Water soluble canvas

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Price – US $1, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 921

Skin color fleece

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Price – US $6.02-8.48, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 612

Colored EVA foam

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Price – US $6.98-8.88, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 411

Selling cosplay items from AliExpress: craft tools and equipment

Similarly to the previous category, these items also give you enough room for the future business growth. Still, if you’re working with them, you need to make sure that they meet core dropshipping requirements

For example, technically complex items might see not enough demand because buyers prefer to check them in real life. Heavy products might cause an overly high shipping fee, and sharp tools, theoretically, can be banned from import if they are viewed as hazardous items.

Keeping it in mind, take a look at a sample AliExpress product selection in this category!

Sewing clips

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Price – US $0.86-0.89, rating – 4.9*, number of orders – 4778

Portable sewing machine

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Price – US $8.44, rating – 4.7*, number of orders – 9656

Leather craft tools

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Price – US $1.81, rating – 4.9*, number of orders – 1513

Cute measuring tape

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Price – US $0.98-1.15, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 3895

Travel sewing kit

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Price – US $3.89, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 4431

Pottery & sculpting tools set

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Price – US $12.62-15.59, rating – 4.9*, number of orders – 1134

Thimble

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Price – US $1.62, rating – 4.9*, number of orders – 8534

Glue gun

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Price – US $3.18-13.52, rating – 4.8*, number of orders – 3650

How do you like the idea of selling cosplay accessories and supplies in your dropshipping store? If you want more niche ideas for your upcoming business, check out this list of the most profitable niches to try in 2019!

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By Olga L.
Olga is a Copywriting Director at AliDropship. She works on guides, tutorials, and other educational materials to help you start and run your dropshipping business with ease.
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